Phoenix, Starring Julia Stiles & James Wirt, Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgScott Organ’s Phoenix celebrates its opening night off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre on August 7. The play, under the direction of Jennifer DeLia, stars Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Julia Stiles and James Wirt. View Comments Related Shows Phoenix When Bruce (Wirt) and Sue (Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let’s never see each other again. Thus begins a 4,000-mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay. The one-act dark romantic comedy will run through August 23. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2014last_img read more

Comment: Why polyamorous marriages are the next step to equality

first_imgPinkNews 4 May 2015Polyamorous activist and writer Redfern Jon Barrett writes for PinkNews on the need for legal recognition of relationships including three or more people.In March I submitted the following question to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett for the Pink News Q&A:“At present those in a ‘trio’ (a three-way relationship) are denied marriage equality, and as a result face a considerable amount of legal discrimination. As someone living with his two boyfriends in a stable long-term relationship, I would like to know what your stance is on polyamory rights. Is there room for Green support on group civil partnerships or marriages?”Bennett’s response this weekend that she is ‘open’ to discussion on the topic has since made national news, with the BBC, Independent, Buzzfeed, Telegraph, and even the Daily Mail picking up on the story. It has been met by both sympathy and outrage: as I write this a Metro poll shows public support for polyamorous unions to be at 42%, the Mirror at 52%, whereas fundamentalist Christians have (predictably) announced it as a sign of the end times. Regardless of the response, it is the first time the prospect of legal polyamorous unions has been discussed by leading politicians and the mainstream press.As a polyamorous activist and author, it’s an issue I’m very familiar with, and for me and my family, it’s one which affects many aspects of our lives. Our trio is happy and stable, but lacking basic legal protections the home we have built together could easily come under threat—unconventional families face discrimination in employment, services, and housing. If one of the men I love and have built my life with were to fall ill, I would have no right to visit him in hospital.At the centre of the issue lies a fundamental inequality: monogamous relationships have legal rights and protections whilst nonmonogamous ones do not. Yet we have the opportunity for a straightforward solution: why not take the now-defunct concept of civil partnerships, and open them to polyamorous households? Each registered family would receive the same partnership rights as any other form of union, and be subject to the same obligations. Most importantly, it would provide legal recognition and protection to the increasing number of alternative households in Britain today.For many this seems like a radical concept, and perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the arguments against it closely mirror those against same-sex relationships in general: that we’re unnatural, that our relationships are unstable and unhealthy (of course leading to incest and bestiality), even that our love will invoke the wrath of a furious God. Simply replace ‘same-sex’ with ‘polyamorous’, and the whole debate looks painfully familiar.In fact, LGBT communities have a long history of polyamory—one dating all the way back to Lord Byron and the Shelleys, continuing through to Harvey Milk and the Radical Faeries. A 2006 study showed that 28% of lesbians, a third of bisexuals, and almost two thirds of gay men are open to nonmonogamous relationships. As any polyamorous bond will automatically involve at least two men or two women, all feature some form of same-sex relationship. Polyamorous families are queer families.At the same time, the arguments in favour of marriage for same-sex couples also apply to trios. Parents should not face losing custody of their children because they’re in a nonmonogamous relationship. Families shouldn’t risk losing their home because inheritance rights favour ‘traditional’ couples. No-one should suffer being barred from their partner’s funeral because their love isn’t recognised.All loving, adult relationships are valid. As has often been argued during the long struggle for marriage rights, none of us choose whom we fall in love with. Our only choice lies in whether we stand up to discrimination, or ignore it. Gay or straight, lesbian or bi, monogamous or polyamorous, all of us deserve to live and love equally to one another. All of us deserve recognition under the law.Yes, this will be a battle, but we’ve battled before. Yes, it seems a long way away, but twenty years ago the prospect of two husbands or two wives legally wedding one another seemed equally remote. Each new generation grows more open-minded, tolerant, and accepting than the one before, and I believe that we are sympathetic and capable enough to provide the legal protections polyamorous families need.Right now we have a historic opportunity to ensure that equality is for all of us. Love is love, regardless of how many share it. A family is a family, whether it has two members or five. In the end, monogamous or not, all LGBT people deserve equal rights—and if the past decades have proved nothing else, it’s that we are very good at fighting for them.last_img read more

Trackers lose final game of weekend series of games

first_imgThe loss yesterday leaves the Trackers in a tie at the top of the Bear Slashing Division with the Grande Prairie Storm at 11 points.The Trackers started things off on the right foot as the team took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room after the opening period. They had a 3-1 lead in the second, however the Braves cut that to 3-2 going into the second intermission. The Braves took the win in the third period as they tied the game midway through, and netted a powerplay goal with only five seconds left in regulation time.The goal scorers for the Trackers were Deon Leer, Ricky Bateman, and Brandon Howard. Tallying assists were Ricky Bateman, Wyatt Gale, Deon Leer, and Nolan Lagace.- Advertisement -The team has some well deserved time off up until Saturday when the team takes to the ice in Dawson Creek when they take on the Fort McMurray Barons.last_img read more

BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS! Newcastle agree £12m fee for Tottenham winger

first_img Andros Townsend Tottenham have accepted an offer from Newcastle for Andros Townsend.The winger has found himself out of favour at White Hart Lane this season and has not played for the club since October.Newcastle have been chasing Townsend all month but were unwilling to meet Tottenham’s £14million valuation.However, Spurs have now budged on their initial asking price and have accepted a £12m bid from Steve McClaren’s sideTownsend will travel to Tyneside within the next 24 hours for a medical and to sign a long-term deal with Newcastle.His arrival at St James’ Park will be a boost for head coach McLaren, who had identified the 24-year-old as one of his main targets in this transfer window.Townsend was a key part of Tottenham’s squad last season, making 35 appearances and scoring five goals.But he was on the fringes at the start of this term and was banished to the reserves after a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.Pochettino is happy for Townsend to leave this month and the player himself is keen to go in order to reignite his hopes of playing for England at Euro 2016. 1last_img read more